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Open Studio -- Rolling Mill Texturizin'

So, here's the thing. I don't own a rolling mill. Those things are real expensive-ish. So a major plus of taking classes at MAC is that I get to use all their cool toys, rolling mill included.

Step 1. Anneal yer copper. I used 18 g.

Step 2. Make some steel wire squiggles (I used 18 g. because I wanted to make deep impressions in the copper, since I'll be doming it later on).

Step 3. Tape the squiggles to the copper (not shown: sandwich this between two pieces of brass sheet--you never want steel to get anywhere close to the rollers).

Step 4. Run it through the machine, a couple of times if necessary.

Step 5. Cut out your individual shapes.

Like I said, I'm going to dome these suckers (I made 5 circles, plus the other assorted oddments above). I'll keep you posted on what I end up with, jewelry wise. I'm pretty sure pendants are the direction we're going here, though.

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